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Bee Hive Cameras Live Stream

A short video showcasing Manchester Cathedral Bees by Adam York Gregory Manchester Cathedral Bees from Adam York Gregory on Vimeo. Bee Hive Cameras We currently have two bee hive cameras upon the flat roof of Manchester Cathedral, click on the play button below to view the bees and their hives. Heavenly Honey produced by our […]

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Sir David Richards, Patron of Volition

Sir David Richards has become a patron of Volition Community following a visit last year to see the work of this charity. Welcoming Sir David, the Dean of Manchester thanked Sir David for his commitment to this programme which runs from Manchester and Liverpool Cathedrals. Sir David, encouraged at the outcomes of this programme of […]

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Beekeeping newsletter 14th May 2020

What a difference a year makes! As I wander through the silence of the Cathedral, making my way to the spiral staircase that will take me to the roof, I am reminded that only a year ago we were celebrating Manchester City’s Premier League title win. The Cathedral was bustling with people and equipment the […]

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Volition’s May Poem of the Month is Fiona Pymont’s ‘More or Less – More or Less’.

The poem starts with an assertive declaration, suggesting the speaker has not improved after a bout of ill health despite being plagued by questioning voices. What follows is a Plathian image comparing an empty flat to the humming cavity of a fridge, a disobedient cat, and unanswered, self-deprecating questions. Stream of consciousness allows us into the speaker’s anxious mental state, from an aggrevied response to an absent question, to fears of losing special objects.

It is ascerbic, witty, and formally skilled. Short lines contribute to a frenetic sense of searching, for objects, answers to questions, and causes for ailments. This constricted and fretful form mirrors the claustrophobic flat, with its feline antagonist running amok. The title, ‘More or Less – More or Less’ signals imprecision and approximation, yet the repetition avows an assertion to this uncertainty. Pymont’s poem possessions negative capability in abundance, ending with a disillusioned sense of loss.


No, I don’t feel
Miles better already.
The flat is white and empty
Like the inside of a fridge
Cat luckily
Didn’t get stuck to the walls.
Though that bookcase
Won’t last much longer
The way she’s
Been leaping from it.
She’s remarkably clean
When she wanders
On top of the wardrobe
Why doesn’t
The dust reach
Up there?
Why can’t you remember
Where you put things?
They were supposed to be
Kept safe

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